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2014 Backyard Farming Workshop Series
All workshops are FREE and run Saturdays from9:00am to 12:30pm at the Gutierrez-Hubbell House Open Space located at 6029 Isleta Blvd (3 miles south of Rio Bravo). A collaboration between Bernalillo County Open Space, The Gutierrez-Hubbell House Alliance and Erda Gardens and Learning Center.
Six part Devine Design Series to
Create a Sustainable Home Garden
This six part series will cover all the basics you need to plan, design or modify your home garden landscapes. With a focus on sustainability, permaculture and the wise use of our limited natural resources, the information in each class will build on those previous. Participants will leave with the tools to assess their home gardens and have a chance to share ideas and plans at the concluding workshop. Testing soil, mapping rainwater harvest potential and choosing correct plants are just a few of the topics to be covered. Don’t have a garden space at home? That’s ok, we will also be observing, analyzing and planning for the demonstration garden and the Historic Hubbell House.
March 8th ~ Sustainability in the Home Garden, Solar Gain and Garden Planning Participants will learn how to observe and assess their current landscape in order to plan for a bountiful and multi purpose garden space. Special attention will be given to existing structures and the sun’s path throughout the year. Let nature tell you where your garden fits best! Hosted by Michael Reed or La Orilla Farm, a permaculture project based in Albuquerque’s South Valley.
March 22nd ~ Water Harvesting and Conservation Techniques We live in a desert! Find out how to conserve water while fulfilling your garden’s water needs. Mapping hardscapes, observing low spots and understanding how water permeates different soils will all be touched on. Harvesting rain water and simple DIY systems for grey water will shift your thinking from water scarcity to water abundance.
April 5th ~ Soil Structure and Soil Building
Any gardener will tell you the most important thing is your soil. However, soil is a complex ecosystem all its own! Come to this workshop to understand how to determine what type of soil you have and how to build healthy soil over time to increase fertility and vitality. Shawn Hardeman will cover soil science, what soil is made of and what that means to the backyard farmer. Bring a pint jar of your own soil and learn how to complete a simple soil test at home.
April 19th ~ Choosing Appropriate Plants and Planting Techniques Food, medicine, shade, pollinator and wildlife forage are just a few of the different gifts plants give us. Choosing plants that are appropriate for our climate and region can also make the difference. Participants will leave with varieties that add both beauty and abundance to the home landscape and garden. Timing and technique for planting will also be covered in this workshop.
May 3rd ~ Constructing an Garden Space Using Sustainable Materials This class will explore the garden as an outdoor living environment. From trellises and shade structures to walls and walkways, salvaged and natural materials can form the backbone of your garden environment. Come be inspired to re-purpose your way into a fun and productive backyard.
May 17th ~ Completed Garden Designs: Participant Presentations & Certificates Those who attend all six classes, receive a certificate of completion and will be entered to win amazing garden related gifts. If the wish, participants at this time will have the opportunity to present ideas for their home garden spaces or the demonstration garden at Gutierrez-Hubbell House.
August 2nd ~ Backyard Barnyard I : Chickens, Ducks, Turkeys and Geese Learn what you need to keep fowl as part of your urban homestead. Participants will leave with knowledge of city regulations, as well as what animals need in terms of shelter, space, food and best breeds. Ongoing care, common problems and potential products that can be harvested from fowl will also be addressed.
August 16th ~ Backyard Barnyard II : Goats, Sheep, Pigs and Cows Learn what you need to keep small livestock as part of your urban homestead. Participants will leave with knowledge of city regulations, as well as what animals need in terms of shelter, space, food and best breeds. Ongoing care, common problems and potential products that can be harvested from livestock will also be addressed.
September 6th ~ Food Preservation I : Hot Bath Canning and Pressure Canning This much loved workshop is back again! There are many ways to enjoy the harvest all year round. Find out how to put food up for the winter with methods such as hot bath canning and pressure canning. Participants will learn about methods, appropriate equipment and trouble shooting. We will get hands on and tasting! Bring your favorite recipes to sample and share!
September 20th ~ Food Preservation II : Fermentation and Dehydration This much loved workshop is back again! There are many ways to enjoy the harvest all year round. Find out how to put food up for the winter with methods such as lacto-fermentation and dehydration. Participants will learn about methods, appropriate equipment and trouble shooting. We will get hands on and tasting! Bring your favorite recipes to sample and share!
October 12th ~ Local Food and Field Day Growers, vendors, chefs and community organizations all converge on the Gutierrez-Hubbell House property for this special one day event of celebrating all things local and edible! Live music, food tasting and children’s activities are just some of the things planned for this community celebration.
November 15th ~ Conservation Farming Forum and Feedback for 2015 Workshop Series! We all want to conserve and enhance our precious resources and wildlife. Learn innovative techniques that can create habitat that invites birds and pollinators on your property while creating a lovely garden for you and your family to enjoy. A panel of speakers will present on creating foodsheds that include and encourage all forms of life on the farm.
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